Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Damn The Torpedoes (1979)
When I heard this album – the first Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album I ever heard – all I really knew about Tom Petty was that my dad and a mate had gotten a bit drunk when Live Aid was happening and they kept referring to him as Joe Penny and laughing. I was very young and didn’t get why this was funny. I am no longer young but still don’t get it – apparently one of them simply referred to him as Joe Penny instead of Tom Petty and, after several wines, they found that hilarious. Actually I also knew Refugee and Don’t Do Me Like That – which I also found on this album. My brother arrived home from Auckland with the CD, meaning I could have the tape-copy that had belonged to him. It’s such a great album – and for some reason it’s always been a Friday Album for me – I still play it, often. I kinda left it for a few years but just lately I’ve gone back to it. Great album. Just last week I was doing a DJ-set and played Here Comes My Girl – what a great song. But there’s such a great flow to this album. I always remember thinking that Refugee was such a strong opener. And that the closing track was just sublime. Hard to fault much of what’s in the middle too.
Sample Track: Louisiana Rain
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